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Teacher Training: Guitar Units

The Atlanta Suzuki Institute is thrilled to offer teacher training opportunities with renowned SAA Teacher Trainers from across the United States. ASI is the perfect place to learn about the Suzuki approach and philosophy for the first time, or to hone and expand your teaching skills. 


Teachers enrolled in training must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, and be an active member of the SAA. Teachers may enroll as participants or auditors. To qualify as a participant, teachers must pass an audition submitted to the SAA. Participants who successfully complete a course will have the training registered with the SAA. Auditions are not required for auditors, nor will training be registered with the SAA.


Guitar Unit One

January - March 2024

Online Course

The Guitar Unit 1 course is the first of the core training units for the Suzuki Method. The course will focus on Suzuki Guitar Book 1 repertoire and technique, and will also serve as a review of the Suzuki philosophy, introduction to parent education, beginning instrumental set-up, considerations to opening a Suzuki studio, cultivation of the Suzuki Triangle, development of listening skills, pre-reading skills, issues related to home practice, and other skills relevant to the Suzuki approach. Teacher Training Workshop participants should expect to perform Guitar Book 1 repertoire, participate in group discussions, and complete assignments as given by the SAA Teacher Trainer. 

Format of the course includes lecture (28 hours) and student observations (15 hours; recorded and/or live Zoom lesson observation opportunities will be provided by the teacher trainer). Suzuki teachers who have completed/registered Every Child Can! or Filosofia are eligible to take the course. Successful completion of the SAA audition process and active SAA membership are required to qualify as a participant in the Guitar Unit 1 course. Maximum enrollment: 10 participants.

Guitar Unit 1 will meet online from 2:00-5:00 PM EST (1:00-4:00 PM CST) on the following Mondays & Tuesdays: 

  • January 8 & 9

  • January 22 & 23

  • February 5 & 6

  • February 19 & 20

  • March 4 & 5

The Guitar Unit 1 course fee is $800. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due within 7 days of registration and will be applied toward the course fee. Refunds (less the $100 deposit) are available until 30 days before the course begins. 

Guitar Unit 1 Course Fee: $800

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